Viva Las Vegas: Five Fun Reasons to Go “Off Campus”

With volcano eruptions, dancing fountains and roller coasters, it’s no surprise that the Las Vegas Strip hosts millions of tourists and thousands of business events each year. But if you thought that was the reason to visit Vegas, think again! What many don’t know though, is that there’s even more to explore and experience if you venture off the Strip ­— which is only about four miles long. Here are five fun ‘off the Strip’ activities that Vegas locals (and adventurous tourists) rave about.

Fremont Street

Fremont Street is a world-famous venue located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas (which, fun fact, is actually north of the Strip). This pedestrian-only space is home to the world’s largest projection screen, the ‘Viva Vision Canopy.’ Fremont is the ultimate block party with zip lines, free concerts, restaurants and vintage hotels (and of course, classic casinos).

Arts District

The Arts District is the best place to check out work from local artists. This, located just south of downtown Las Vegas, hosts more than just art, though. You can find boutiques, stores, bars, restaurants and other venues with urban touches throughout this district.

Ghost Towns

When you venture enough outside of the Vegas Strip, there are a number of abandoned towns commonly referred to as “Ghost Towns.” Although a little eerie, these towns are full of history and just plain cool to see. Rhyolite, Belmont and Gold Point are three popular ghost towns in Las Vegas – just an hour or so drive depending on your choice of town.

Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is the highest concrete arch dam in the U.S. It impounds Lake Mead and is used for flood and silt control. The dam is a very popular sightseeing destination and has arguably one of the best views in the surrounding area. For the HxGN LIVE audience, this marvelous work of engineering is a must-see.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Located in the Mojave Desert, the Red Rock Canyon is known for its towering red sandstone peaks and Keystone Thrust Fault. Only 15 miles west of Las Vegas, this area is easily seen from the Las Vegas strip. Take a 13-mile scenic car route through the desert or go for a hike on one of the numerous hiking trails.

There is so much to see and experience around Las Vegas. Take advantage of all that Vegas has to offer by extending your stay or perhaps coming early before HxGN LIVE 2019 officially begins on 11 June. Be sure to register now through 29 April to take advantage of our Act Fast Rate! See you in Vegas.


Heather White, Marketing Communications Specialist for Hexagon Corporate Communications and Marketing, holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Kennesaw State University and plays a fundamental role supporting corporate, internal, and conference communications.

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